With increasing number of swine flu cases being reported across the country, Bihar government has asked hospital authorities in the state to keep ready separate beds for patients suspected to be infected by the deadly virus.
While Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) has been asked to keep 25 beds ready for such patients, five other medical colleges located at Patna, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga and Gaya have been asked to keep two beds each ready for swine flu patients, state Director (Health services) Dr SP Singh said.
As people’s mobility has increased, there is possibility of such infections being carried from one part of the country to another, Singh said.
The precautionary measures have been taken in the wake of reports of 11 swine flu infected cases reported from different parts of the country.
Singh said sufficient stock of Tamiflu has been supplied to all hospitals and state Health department has deployed special teams at Raxaul and Jogbani, on the Indo-Nepal porous border with Bihar, through which large number of tourists enter.
Similarly, airport authorities in Patna and Gaya have been alerted.